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HALLS OF HORROR: The East Coast’s Most Extreme Haunt Experience

Introduction Extreme haunts and immersive horror experiences are catching the interest of mature horror fans across the country. A groundswell — perhaps even an underground movement — is beginning to push the industry into new directions that cater to horror junkies looking to experience true psychological and physical horror in a controlled environment. Endless fan […]

Films Scary Fun 

TROMA QUEENS: Celebrating the Queer Flicks of Lloyd Kaufman

I was a snarky, bespectacled, under-achieving 17-year-old in my last year of school. But I ruled that year with my posse of demented hipster teens by distributing battered VHS copies of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, THE KINDRED, lots of DEEP THROAT-era porn, cigarettes and blackcurrant cider to keep the rival gangs (er, cliques) in line. […]

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10 Graphic Horror Novels So Disgusting You May Never Eat Again

Dedicated to fans of the hardest of hardcore fiction, this list should be considered with respect to all dietary plans in the New Year… or any other year, for that matter. For example, if you’re planning to keep your holiday chow session on a continued loop this year, you should not read any of these […]

Music 

Extreme Metal Legends Dawn of Ashes Announce Upcoming Album DAEMONOLATRY GNOSIS

A little more than a year ago, I interviewed my friend and colleague Kristof Bathory, the founder and creative force behind iconic extreme-metal band Dawn of Ashes — as well an avid practitioner of ritual magick and a student of the occult, appointed last year as Ambassador to the Greater Church of Lucifer. Kristof has […]

Films 

The Suburban Nightmares of Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz is largely considered an infamous and controversial filmmaker. During his career, the writer-director has enjoyed pulling back the twitching curtain on the quintessential suburban facade, revealing a gallery of the grotesque hidden behind the pristine picket fences, innocuous bake sales, pleasant PTA meetings and seemingly well-adjusted American families. The director has delved into […]

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31 Horror Films for October: Blumhouse.com Senior Writer Gregory Burkart’s Picks

If you’re familiar with my writing on this site, you’ve probably figured out my tastes don’t exactly fall within the confines of mainstream entertainment… which roughly translates as “Greg’s into weird shit.” Yeah, so you got me there. But when Halloween season comes around, I’m also brimming over with nostalgia for all the amazing horror movies […]

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10 Ultra-Creepy Music Videos That Will Rock Your Nightmares [NSFW]

With October drawing near, we’ve been seeking some musical inspiration for the Halloween season — and we’d like to share that holiday spirit in the most disturbing way possible, by compiling a little playlist of some seriously horrific music videos from a wide range of genres. The consistent theme throughout these selections is a creepy […]

Films 

Five Reasons Why INSIDE is the Best Violent Shocker of the Past Decade

One of the great tragedies of modern horror cinema is the confounding ambivalence shown to INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) upon its U.S. release. The stunning 2007 French shocker generated some buzz during its award-winning festival run, but never received a proper theatrical release save for France (it was filmed in Paris) and a handful of European […]

The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Violently Subversive Writing of Dennis Cooper

There is subversive, there is controversial… and there is Dennis Cooper. I can think of no other writer better acquainted with the language of violence. A latter-day Marquis de Sade, he scrutinizes the pain, guilt and fear of gay teens, amplified by human horror and the predatory older men who speak that language fluently. What […]

Films 

A SERBIAN FILM: Combating the Horror of Fascism With Extreme Cinema

Some films are so disgusting, repellent, ugly, violent, prurient, and awful that audiences are unable to define them. Films like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, Gaspar Noë’s IRREVERSIBLE, Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER, Tom Six’s THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE trilogy, or even John […]

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The Perverse Cinematic Legacy of Artist Bruce LaBruce

Like most people, my interest in all-things-forbidden started in my early teens, following a late-night viewing of Russell T. Davies’s (DOCTOR WHO, CUCUMBER) groundbreaking UK TV show QUEER AS FOLK. The first show broadcast in Britain (Europe?) that offered viewers a realistic depiction of gay male lives and sex. Davies had engaged with what the […]

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Visit Gregory Burkart’s Secret Library of Erotic Horror Fiction

As an avid horror reader and long-time connoisseur of extreme tales, I’ve always been fascinated by the long partnership between sex and monsters on the printed page. I’m not talking about horror stories that just happen to have sex scenes in them; I mean serious horror, with real scares, where sexuality is the central theme… […]

Is COWS the Most Disgusting Horror Novel Ever Written?

In the Summer of 1998, when I was living merrily through my largely-broke college milieu, I returned to my high school job as box office wonk at Mann’s Criterion, a now-defunct six-screen movie theater in Santa Monica, CA. This was a job that not only afforded me unlimited free movies (and, yes, that privilege led […]